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FLUCTUATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fluctuation mean? 

FLUCTUATION (noun)
  The noun FLUCTUATION has 3 senses:

1. a wave motion
2. an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
3. the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes

  Familiarity information: FLUCTUATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLUCTUATION (noun)


Sense 1fluctuation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A wave motion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the fluctuations of the sea

Hypernyms ("fluctuation" is a kind of...):

undulation; wave ((physics) a movement up and down or back and forth)


Sense 2fluctuation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

variation; fluctuation

Hypernyms ("fluctuation" is a kind of...):

alteration; change; modification (an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fluctuation"):

vicissitude (a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something)

allomerism ((chemistry) variability in chemical composition without variation in crystalline form)

departure; deviation; difference; divergence (a variation that deviates from the standard or norm)

permutation; replacement; substitution; switch; transposition (an event in which one thing is substituted for another)

business cycle; trade cycle (recurring fluctuations in economic activity consisting of recession and recovery and growth and decline)

daily variation (fluctuations that occur between one day and the next)

diurnal variation (fluctuations that occur during each day)

tide (something that may increase or decrease (like the tides of the sea))


Sense 3fluctuation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being unsteady and subject to changes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

wavering; fluctuation

Context example:

he kept a record of price fluctuations

Hypernyms ("fluctuation" is a kind of...):

irregularity; unregularity (not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "fluctuation"):

scintillation (the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight)


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